***warns desperate politicians against the use of innocent youths as thugs
The use of innocent youths as political thugs in the ongoing electioneering campaign by political parties has been condemned in its totality by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Gubernatorial candidate in Jigawa state, Dr. Mustapha Sule Lamido.
Speaking against the background of the death of one person in Jigawa State on Tuesday at a campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kazaure LGA of the state, the PDP governorship candidatate repeatedly harped on former President Goodluck Jonathan’s popular appeal that his ambition was not worth the blood of any Jigawa resident.
The deceased, Halliru Lafka, who was killed in a violent clash between rival youth groups of the APC, until his death was a resident of Kazaure town and a supporter of the party’s senatorial candidate for Jigawa North-West District, Babangida Husseini.
Lamido spoke on Thursday while addressing PDP supporters in Gwiwa Local Government Area, as he condoled with the people of the state over the death of the youth resulting from fracas between two APC factions.
He promise not to relent on his call for issue based campaign, as he advised the youths in the state to refuse to be used as tools by some unpatriotic political leaders to achieve their selfish interest.
Lamido said, he is offering himself as an agent of positive change, as he called on the Jigawa people, particularly the youths and women to vote for him so that together that mission can be achieved.
Mustapha Lamido who was elated with the kind of reception accorded him by the people of Gwiwa LGA assured them of his desire to unite Jigawa citizens saying, the youth and the women will form significant part of his government if given the mandate.
He said as a youth, he is offering himself as Nigerian/African youth ambassador and therefore promised not to fail them, saying, he is fully aware that, all eyes are and will be on him as the youngest Governor come 2023.
He renewed his promise to the youth and women in the state that, thirty five per cent of his government’s appointments will be for them.
Outlining further on some of his policies, he said, the agricultural sector will be given the required boost to create job opportunities to make the youth self employed and improve production.
Mustapha Lamido promised free medical care for all 70yrs and above older persons under his government while civil servants as the engine room for development will re invigorated through training and retraining so as to achieve the desired goals.
“Traditional institutions, business community, teachers and Islamic education sectors will play key role(s) in the government as he appealed to all concerned to support him in his Rescue mission to rebuild Jigawa.
Dr Lamido promised not to fail the Nigerian youth when elected as the next Jigawa state Governor.
Earlier in his address, Jigawa state former governor, who is also PDP s Senatorial candidate in the area, Alh. Ibrahim Saminu Turaki described Jigawa as a one party state in view of the fact that all key political players are in the PDP.
He urged the voters to reject the APC, describing it as a Political Party that lacks direction.
Turaki pleaded with the people to vote massively for Mustapha Sule Lamido being their son describing his visit to the area as home coming.
He promised to jointly work with the Governor to introduce modern agricultural techniques in the area to achieve food security and create job opportunities.
Dr. Saminu Turaki said, under Mustapha Sule Lamido’s Government of the PDP, total peace will be restored while the menace of poverty and unemployment will be fought and eradicated.